World Jewry Seminar
In 2018-19, the Hornstein Program revamped and expanded the seminar to Eastern Europe to include Jewish communities farther afield.
With that objective, students (both first- and second-years, who have the option to join) traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina in February 2019 for a World Jewry Seminar. Students interact with Jewish counterparts, attend talks by experts in the field, and participate in educational and historical tours. The seminar is an immersive, transformative experience.
Achieve a better understanding of the contemporary Jewish communities — their current status, condition and challenges.
Deepen understanding of Jewish history, including within the contexts of a region's general history and global Jewish history.
Acquire networks, insights and examples of practice that can inform and impact students' future professional careers.
Seminar to the Former Soviet Union and Other Locations
Between 2011 and 2016 the Hornstein Program and Brandeis Genesis Institute (BGI) collaborated to send second-year Hornstein students to an FSU country for a seven-day seminar to expose them to the rich history and vital perspective of Russian-speakers.
In 2017, with the sunsetting of BGI, we expanded our horizons to include other locations that are home to the Jewish people. With support from Brandeis University's Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and the Center for German and European Studies, students went to Poland with Professor Len Saxe and returned with a deeper appreciation and understanding of contemporary life for Polish Jews.
Past destinations have included Warsaw and Krakow (Poland); Vilnius (Lithuania); Minsk (Belarus); Moscow, Russia; Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Uman, Belaya Tzerkov and Odessa (Ukraine); and Kishinev (Moldova).